Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Nebulous Grey (medium grey) 525 Ballistic with Sangria (red with red grid) 210 Cerylon interior. Pilot in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic Pilot in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 525 Ballistic with Sangria (red with red grid) 210 Cerylon interior. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Mars Red 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Constellation (light blue) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Ursa (brown-grey) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with Moab (brick red with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Burnt Orange 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Coyote (tan) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Black 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Steel (medium grey) 1050 Ballistic with Island (blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Verde (green) 1050 Ballistic with Steel (dark grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Navy (dark blue) 1050 Ballistic with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Black (black with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Aubergine (dark purple) 1050 Ballistic. Pilot in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Taiga (olive green with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Night Walk (grey-blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon. Pilot in Night Walk (grey-blue with grey grid) 400 Halcyon with Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. Pilot in Original (black with white grid) 400 Halcyon.
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Pilot

$175.00

Personal item carry-on travel bag/laptop briefcase.

13 liters (800 cu. in.)

Burnt Orange Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Black Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Coyote Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Mars Red Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Ursa Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Black 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Taiga 400 Halcyon/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Wilderness Ballistic/Moab 200 Halcyon
Aubergine Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Constellation Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Deep Blue Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon
Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Sangria 210 Cerylon
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Description

Personal carry-on briefcase. Fits up to a 13" laptop.

The Pilot is a personal item carry-on sized travel bag designed to fit the items you want close at hand and easily accessible during your flight or at the airport. It's a natural complement to our larger AeronautTri-Star, and Western Flyer carry-on travel bags. Ultralight travelers may choose to use the Pilot as their "one bag" travel bag, utilizing a 3D Clear Organizer Cube for toiletries. Some may not even use the Pilot primarily for travel: it also serves well as an organized every day carry briefcase.

We listen, and the Pilot is proof of that: several years ago, we introduced the Co-Pilot, our original personal item travel bag. For many, the Co-Pilot was an ideal size, but some of you asked for a slightly larger version that would accommodate a 13" laptop. We heard you, and that larger Co-Pilot is here, with a few updates. Not simply content to upsize an existing design, we took a look at the extra space the Pilot offered and considered how we could best maximize its utility while retaining a proportioned look and feel.

The Pilot has three front zippered compartments, a main compartment, seven interior organizational pockets, and an open-top back pocket with a zipper that stops just short of the bottom, designed to allow you to slip the Pilot over the handle of rolling luggage.

The front right zippered compartment has a small organizational pocket sized to fit most phones and three pen pockets (wide enough to fit Sharpies and highlighters). It has one O-ring to which is affixed the included 8" Key Strap — a handy strap that keeps your keys securely tethered to the Pilot. (There are five total O-rings in the Pilot.) Included with the bag are eight Cord Zipper Pulls, allowing you to add them to the metal zipper pulls or replace the metal zipper pulls entirely.

The front left compartment of the Pilot has a pocket sized to fit an iPad mini (with or without its SmartCase) or similarly sized tablet. Use the remaining open space of this pocket for other stuff. Or, pack your toiletry kit (such as our 3D Clear Organizer Cube, designed to serve as a 3-1-1 bag) in this compartment. If you're choosing to use the 3D Clear Organizer Cube, here's something we think is pretty cool: clip it, via a long Key Strap to an o-ring in the Pilot — at the security checkpoint, you can unzip the front pocket of your Pilot and remove the 3D Clear Organizer Cube but leave it tethered to the Pilot, ensuring that you know exactly where it is.

The middle front compartment of the Pilot is designed to fit a small water bottle or compact folding umbrella. The bottom of this compartment has a grommet so any condensation, spills, or leaks won't puddle in the bag. A Size 2 Travel Stuff Sack also fits nicely in this compartment.

The main compartment serves at the ready to accept larger items; two open-top pouches of equal size inside this main compartment aid organization. Add a Cache laptop sleeve for your 13" MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro Retina, 13" Macbook, 11" MacBook Air, or other similarly sized laptop, and you'll turn the Pilot into a checkpoint friendly laptop briefcase. (The Cache secures to the interior of the Pilot in such a way that you can slide it out at the security checkpoint without removing your laptop from the Cache. Here's a video demonstrating how that works.

The back of the Pilot has a wide, open-top pocket for a magazine or newspaper. The bottom of this pocket zips open so you can slide the Pilot over the handle of rolling luggage.

The handle of the Pilot is padded with high quality PORON® foam, directly above the center of gravity of the bag. Shoulder strap attachment points can be found on the left and right sides of the Pilot; our Standard Shoulder Strap is included with the Pilot. You have the option of upgrading to our Absolute Shoulder Strap for an extra $20.

Materials

Handle

PORON® foam padded handle

Other Components

Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

15.4" (w) x 11.4" (h) x 5.1" (d) / 390 (w) x 290 (h) x 130 (d) mm

Weight

525d high tenacity ballistic nylon: 1 lbs 5 oz / 595 grams
525d high tenacity ballistic nylon, with Standard Strap: 1 lbs 10.8 oz / 760 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop: 1 lbs 1.8 oz / 475 grams
400d Halcyon®/420d nylon ripstop, with Standard Strap: 1 lbs 6.6 oz / 640 grams

Volume

800 cubic inches / 13 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

5 (2 in the main compartment, 1 in the left zippered pocket, 1 in the water bottle pocket, 1 in the right zippered pocket)

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Sewn in Seattle

Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?

Intrigued? You can find out more about the unusual way we do business on our Company Philosophy page.

THE BIHN Guarantee

Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we stand behind what we make.

If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.

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Awesome bag!

I started a new job 2 weeks ago. I needed a new laptop bag since I didn’t want to use the one with my old company’s logo when I need to go into the office. I have a 15 inch laptop and it fits perfectly. It holds all my other items so there’s no need to bring a purse. I’ll be traveling for work soon. This will definitely go on flights as one of my carry-ons.

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The best compact laptop bag

This bag has never ending storage and organization. There are the perfect number of pockets with not too many zippers to dig through to find what you need. I find myself wishing my Synapse or brain bag had this quality of organization. If they had a backpack like the pilot I would buy it in a second.

I find this too be my perfect office and travel bag. I drop it in to the brain bag for trips all the time.

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Best EDC bag

I own several backpacks and bags from Tom Bihn. All of them have been great...but this is simply the best EDC bag I have ever owned. The zippers are great on this bag not having to much resistance to require you hold the bag to unzip one handed. I carry this bag everywhere...everyday.

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Great Multipurpose bag

I used the bag for the first time on a recent cross country trip. I was very impressed with the multiple compartments that held everything I needed to bring. I searched for a long time to find a bag that fit my needs. The Pilot was the clear choice. I especially liked the center vertical compartment that can be used for a water bottle, or in my case a vitamin case.

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